Hugh Marshall


Date of Birth. : 12.03.1952
Marital Status. : Married to Maureen. No children.
Live. : Kilburn, London & Braunton, Devon.
Occupation. : Chartered Surveyor.
Interests. : Motor Sport, Motorcycling, Skiing, Travel and Rugby.
Clubs. : London Car Club (Chairman), TVR Car Club, BRSCC, and Ski
Club of Great Britain.

Racing Career

Hugh started racing in 1979 and has held a race licence continually since then, upgrading to an International C licence in 1985. In 2009 Hugh downgrade to a National A licence.

Hugh met Tony Lanfranchi and Gerry Marshall, amongst other racers and enthusiasts, in The Victoria Pub in London W2 during 1974. They introduced him to the Steering Wheel Club and from there on he met other drivers and became an ardent race groupie. "I had been keen on cars since the age of 4 and I was desperate to race myself". With help from Tony and Gerry, and sponsorship from Camus Brandy he started racing in a Renault 5 in 1979".

This is what's happened since.


Started racing in the Renault 5TS Championship backed by Camus Brandy. Also competed in various sprints and non-championship races in the Renault, a Lotus 7 and a BMW 3.0SI.


Competed in club relay races in an ex Gerry Marshall Dolomite Sprint. Raced in the Uniroyal and Munroe Production Saloon Championships in Gerry Marshall's old 2.8i Capri finishing 3rd in class in the Munroe Championship. Competed in the 1985 Willhire 24hr race in a Capri with Ian Khan, Mark Peters and Colin Pearcy and nearly did very well!


Competed in both the Classic and Historic Saloon Championships in a 1964 MK1 Lotus Cortina. Scored consistent podium finishes and was 3rd overall in the FIA Historic Saloons Invitation race at Brands Hatch. Was lying 3rd in the Classic Championship but sadly did not complete the season when the car owner, Peter Bryant, recruited Tony Lanfranchi to take the drive. Instructed at Brands Hatch on a temporary basis.


Set up HM Racing to compete in the Shell Oils Thundersaloon Championship in a MKII RS 2000 Escort co-driven variously by Tony Lanfranchi, Barrie Williams, Rod Birley, (Aussie) Rod Barret and Ian Khan amongst others. Finished 3rd in the B class Championship twice and 2nd once.


Expanded HM Racing running MultiSports driven by Nigel Greensall and Chris Needell, amongst others, and also running in A Class Thundersaloons in Nick Oatway's Stars & Stripes Opel Manta Pontiac. Nick and Hugh scored outright wins, fastest laps and led the 1990 Thundersaloon Championship, losing it at the last round with mechanical failure whilst leading John Cleland in the GM Carlton. In 1990 Hugh left HM Racing but continued to compete in Thundersaloons in a sadly uncompetitive Toyota Supra Pontiac.


Raced a self prepared Ford Cosworth Sapphire in the National Saloon Car Cup, moving to Saloon 2000 in an uncompetitive Vauxhall Cavalier in 1997. Raced a Caterham in late 1997. Hugh sat out most of 1998 but was persuaded to enter a Proton Cup race at Castle Combe. The Proton race was a disaster in a car that more or less fell apart.

During 1995 Hugh formed Marshall Motorsport to look after his racing and other motor sport related activities. From 1996-1999 Hugh became a core instructer with Vauxhall on their Drive Programme and joined Silverstone as an ARDS Instructor in 1996

Late in 1998 Hugh agreed a deal with WLA to run their 3rd TVR Tuscan at Donington and Brands Hatch. The cars were engineered by Bert Taylor and were fantastic. The aim was to go Tusacn racing in 1999 but things didn't turn out as planned.


Unable to raise a budget for TVR’s, Hugh contacted his ex partner in HM Racing, John Powis, who offered him the chance of a drive in a Marcos Mantis GT car. Hugh competed in 4 rounds of the Marcos Mantis Championship including the Privilege British GT support race to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where he and Freddy Kinchin finished 5th in class and 22nd Overall out of a field of 42 cars. Lack of sponsorship meant that Hugh could not continue the season.

2000 to date.

Hugh's association with TVR Tuscans began with Bert Taylor back in 1998 when Bert was engineering cars for the WLA race team and their sponsors, Barclays.

Following a frustrating 1997 season in the National Saloon Car Championship Hugh approached Bert at WLA to try TVR Tuscans. WLA had a spare car built by Bert and he raced this at Donington Park and Brands Hatch GP Circuits. The 2000 season saw CDL’s Greg Caton win the team’s first race and challenge for the Championship. Steve Hyde finished the year 3rd in the Championship and then moved on to GT racing and to do Le Mans.

In 2001 Hugh found a small budget from Meadowcroft and Vital Financial Services and he joined CDL. Bert Taylor prepared Peter Wheelers old chassis and Hugh ran consistently on the edge of the top 10. The best finish was 7th at Rockingham. By the middle of the season, attempts to find further sponsorship failed and the seat was given up to Paul Sheard. Unfortunate but the eventual haul of 328 points netted 18th in the Championship and contributed to the team's amazing year.

2002 was a lean year and Hugh sat out most of the season but couldn’t resist the opportunity to go to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Bert Taylor did not have a car available so Hugh travelled to Belgium to race Pete Osborne’s RAV sponsored Tuscan. It was a great weekend but the car and driver were a little off the pace. Two finishes on the fabulous Spa circuit were enough to whet the appetite for more Tuscan racing and Hugh bought his current chassis at the end of the year.

2003 started with Hugh's now rebuilt Tuscan taking pride of place on the SBS stand at Autosport International at the NEC. This was the first full season in Tuscans although we missed the two races at Knockhill in Scotland. Again we ran in the top 10 and finished 11th in the Championship with 604 points.

2004 saw the last year for the factory backed TVR Tuscan Challenge. CDL had closed its doors and Hugh, teamed up with David Mason and his father Nick’s motor sport outfit. David Mason again finished second in the Championship and Hugh finished 10th after missing a round at Oulton Park when his car was driven by the late Joe Tandy who went on to win Formula Palmer Audi and become a Maclaren Autosport finalist in 2005.

2005 saw a part season mainly in Castle Combe GTs. The TVR Tuscans were exploring new links with the TVR Car Club and a joint racing series was to emerge.

In 2006 the Tuscan Challenge was revived in association with the TVR Car Club. The Marshall Motorsport Tuscan was again looked after by Nick Mason and was entered in a part season competing in races at Oulton Park, Silverstone, a double header at Castle Combe and finally a double header at Mallory Park. The tally included two second places, one third and three fourths. Pole position in the damp at Mallory was perhaps the highlight. Sadly, running the wrong differential ratio and gearbox other than at Mallory meant that the results were hard to achieve.

2007 was a great year. The team led 5 races and finished three in 2nd place and 4 in 3rd with a worst finish of 5th. The team had by this time set up its own operation at Chandlers Cross near Watford and ran the car from here with help from Dave Huckle and Nick Mason's brother Pete.

2008-2009 continued with the team consisitently taking podiums in the A Class although not competing in all rounds of the Championship. During this period Dave Huckle and Pete Mason formed M&H Racing and Pete Mason rebuilt the engine for the start of the 2008 season. An off at Silverstone led to the car being substantially rebuilt at the back end but this was cosmetic.

2010 produced a Championship second in Class despite again not running a full season. We were three times race winners and on the podium consistently.

2011 saw a full Championship season. We won 4 times, finished second 4 times and 3rd once with 4 fasest laps and a new lap record on the Snetterton 200 circuit. All together a fantastic season which gave us the A Class Championship and the overall Dunlop European TVR Championship. An off in the last race left a lot of work to be done in the winter but we shall be back.